Loyd C. Taylor, Sr.

Father Poetry: Had I Known - Poem by Loyd C. Taylor, Sr.

I never knew at the time,
For I was but a child,
That he would soon leave;
Death would take him away.

Had I known,
I would have stopped my play,
Run into his strong arms,
Crying, “Daddy, hold me! ”
I would have hugged him, oh so tight.

Had I known,
I would have felt his unshaven face,
Or nestled myself warmly on his lap.
I would fix on his smile and
Memorize his voice.

Had I known,
I may have said at least a million times,
“I love you, Dad, ” or just silently sat,
Listening to his heart beat,
While savoring his aftershave.

I never knew at the time,
But, had I known... had I only known.

Topic(s) of this poem: fathers

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 9, 2010

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 17, 2014

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